APA Member Patrice Harris, M.D., Begins Term as Chair of AMA Board of Trustees

CHICAGO — Patrice Harris, M.D., a psychiatrist and past member of the American Psychiatric Association (APA) Board of Trustees, has assumed the office of Chair of the American Medical Association (AMA) Board of Trustees with the conclusion of the AMA annual meeting.

Patrice Harris, M.D.
Chair of the AMA Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees is an elected body of 21 physicians who guide the AMA as it sets standards and policy for the medical profession. Harris was elected Chair-elect in June 2015 and has served on the AMA Board since 2011.

APA CEO and Medical Director Saul Levin, M.D., M.P.A., noted: “We are delighted to have one of our former Board of Trustees members serve as chair of the AMA Board of Trustees. Dr. Harris will continue to be a strong advocate for the integration of psychiatry and mental health within medicine. We look forward to working with her as both organizations work to improve the quality of care and the practice of medicine.”

Harris has taken on several leadership roles at the AMA, including a term as chair of the AMA Council on Legislation. She is past Director of Fulton County (Ga.) Health Services and also served as medical director of the Fulton County Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities. As director of health services for Fulton County, which includes Atlanta, Harris directed all county health services, including health partnerships that deliver a wide range of treatment and prevention services. She is a past president of the Georgia Psychiatric Physicians Association and served as a member of the AMA Women Physicians Congress. Harris also maintains a private psychiatric practice.

The American Psychiatric Association is a national medical specialty society whose 36,500 physician members specialize in the diagnosis, treatment, prevention, and research of mental illnesses, including substance use disorders.

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